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Thursday, June 06, 2013 12:09 AM


DHI Correspondent

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VAN WERT — The Peony Festival celebration will once again host the 9th annual ArtRageous on Main Friday and Saturday All art-related festival events will take place in Fountain Park from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. A variety of free family activities as well as a wide selection of food will be offered.

“We have got more artists lined up to come to Van Wert to exhibit this year than we have had in several years for ArtRageous,” said Van Wert Main Street Program Manager Adam Ries. “The Peony Festival craft fair is going to be the largest it has been in several years. We have a lot of new energy and interest in being a part of the festival now that it’s mostly all taking place downtown in Fountain Park.”

During the two days, the park will be filled with artists exhibiting their work which will consist of a variety of mediums. Nineteen artists from across the region will have their work on display, and several of these will be demonstrating their techniques in painting, tile carving and other techniques.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to browse a large assortment of art pieces, including pottery and ceramics, oil and acrylic paintings, sculpture, illustrations, blown glass and many more. All of these pieces will be available for purchase.

Alongside these artists, The Wassenberg Art Center will be hosting their Art Chair-ity Auction consisting of chairs painted by accomplished area artists to be sold by silent auction. Several of this year’s chairs have been donated by Lee’s Ace Hardware.

Artists in the park will include Mike Woodring of Sherwood with handcrafted wooden boxes; 4 Corners Gallery with Steve Smith from Ney with ceramics and tile carving; Glacier Lake Glass with Van Wert local, Katie Allison and John Boes of Defiance with acrylic paintings; Jon Thomas of Oakwood with wooden art; The County Artist Larry Ehrman from Monroeville, Ind., with oil and acrylic paintings; and Sally Snyder of Defiance with illustrations and children’s books.

Other artists include Rhonda Andrews-Woodruff of Fort Wayne with acrylic paintings, Fallen Willow Pottery with Roberty Minto from Mount Cory, Summer House Studio with Paulding local Pam White with handmade jewelry and accessories, Deborah Steinmetz of Urbana with drawings and pastel portraits, Rasberry Woods Art Studio with Tom Emerine of Middle Point with pottery and ceramics, Rosie Bryant of Defiance with oil paintings and children’s painting demonstrations and Liz Zuber of Paulding with acrylic paintings and children’s painting demonstrations.

A continued list of artists includes Bryan Grieze of Fort Wayne with metal sculptures, Andrew Paavola of Huntsville with mixed media illustrations, Wrist Art and Others with Susie Crace of Fort Wayne with handcrafted jewelry, Amy Cherry of Columbus Grove with paper artwork, and Fred Miller of Pennville, IN, with pen and ink pieces.

The Van Wert Optimist Club will also host its Youth Art Show in the park with several awards to be presented to young artists.

Chalk the Walk is again expected to leave the park’s sidewalk covered in unique, local artwork. Artists, enthusiasts, children and adults are all invited to chalk up the sidewalk throughout the park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other special art activities will include an architecture scavenger hunt which will focus on the historical buildings in downtown Van Wert, the tie-dye workshop where children can learn to tie-dye a T-shirt to create their own wearable art and the Optimist Club youth art display with a tent displaying youth artwork from local schools. This display will begin Friday at noon and will remain up through the parade on Saturday.

ArtRageous on Main is an annual event organized by Main Street Van Wert with the help of Ries and many dedicated community volunteers. These ArtRageous events will be paired with a variety of other events taking place during the Peony Festival which will include vendors, refreshments and entertainment throughout the weekend.


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